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Re: [Xen-users] Install and execute from CD of installation

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Install and execute from CD of installation
From: René Pfeiffer <lynx@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 11:52:28 +0100
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On Dec 20, 2005 at 1307 -0500, Bill Church appeared and said:
> [...]
> That's a tough one. I think your best bet may be to install on another
> machine, tar up the installation, then put it in Xen. Don't forget, of
> course, to copy over your DomU kernel modules. There are probably other
> issues you'll run into as well, 2.6 kernel will probably be too much for
> it, I've never installed a newer kernel on a distro that old. If I
> recall correctly that was Kernel 2.0? or did they have a 2.2 kernel for
> it?

RH 5.2 runs on kernel 2.0.x. I had two legacy servers running this
distro. You can run older distros with a newer kernel, if you are lucky
and you don't have any software that relies on older features (i.e. bugs
;). I'd try to make a backup of the server with tar and copy it to your
Xen system. The DomU kernels don't need that much modules or features.
You can even build a monolithic kernel without modules since the Dom0 is
dealing with the drivers. This saves you from upgrading the mod-utils

> It's been a while since I was on 5.2 but I don't think they had any
> concept of LVM, ext3 so I don't think you would be successful in
> installing it on the Xen machine outside of Xen on a LVM LV or
> anything.

You can always run the DomU without ext3 or LVM if you use the partition
or file backend.


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